Challenges new PhilHealth leaders to regain people’s trust.
DURING the Kadayawan Festival weekend, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go took time to extend financial and relief assistance to families and individuals whose houses were razed down by a fire incident recently.
“As usual, kami ng Pangulo, umuuwi ng Davao tuwing Kadayawan. Nakakalungkot lang na may nasunugan dito. Para sa mga kapatid kong Davaoeño, enjoy your celebration pa rin po. Festival po (natin) ito. Pero hindi po tayo titigil na tumulong sa mga nangangailangan,” Go said.
With Go to provide government assistance to the victims were representatives from the National Housing Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Aside from relief assistance provided by his office and supporters who share the same advocacies, Go said he will also take care of the school supplies and uniforms of the affected children so they can go back to school immediately.
Meanwhile, during an ambush interview, Go was asked why he continues to visit fire victims despite already being elected as senator. “Gaya ng sinabi ko noon pa man, pangako ko na kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas, papasukin ko para marinig ang mga hinaing ng mga kababayan ko. Representative po kami ng mga tao. Paano maipaparating sa taas ang mga hinaing nila kung hindi ako bababa sa mga pinaka nangangailangan?,” Go said.
“Nandito ako para kunin ang mensahe nila sa baba at dalhin ko sa taas. Trabaho namin yan. Pitong araw sa isang linggo, apat na araw lang naman sa Senado. Sa mga natitirang araw, magseserbisyo at makikihalubilo ako sa mga tao,” Go added.
Go said he is not content with just being a legislator, and that he will continue to coordinate with various government agencies to seek more assistance for fire victims and others who are in dire need of support from government.
The reporters also sought updates from Go regarding the alleged anomalies and irregularities within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“Meron pa kaming panibagong joint hearing ng Blue Ribbon Committee at Committee on Health,” Go said.
“Gusto ko marinig kung papaano nakalusot ang mga fraudulent claims, ghost payments at upcasing sa ahensya. Mayroong kuntsaba diyan between officials at mga hospital. ‘Yan ang gusto kong marinig sa PhilHealth,” Go added.
Issues of corruption and the alleged existence of a “mafia” within the government-owned and controlled corporation surfaced at a joint inquiry of the Blue Ribbon and Health Committees in the Senate last week.
“I challenge the new leadership of PhilHealth na huwag ninyong palusutin. Pera po ng tao ‘yan,” Go said when challenging the new PhilHealth leadership to regain the trust of the people.
“Hindi na dapat magpatuloy ang anomalya sa Philhealth. Sabi nga ng ating Pangulo, hindi tayo papayag, not even a whiff of corruption. Dapat managot ang dapat managot,” Go said.